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Blue Desert Cafe

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Mexican, Seafood, Pizza
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12518 state road 24, Cedar Key, FL 32625
+1 352-543-9111
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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Visitor rating
  • 75
  • 23
    Very good
  • 7
  • 7
  • 3
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Food is great, but the wait...not so much.

Each meal is prepared fresh, individually, first come, first cooked. In other words, if you have the misfortune to arrive just after a large group has ordered, you will be waiting a long, long time for your dinner. We ordered just in front of a large group and they didn't get their appetizers until... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Celeste L
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Business meetings
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Each meal is prepared fresh, individually, first come, first cooked. In other words, if you have the misfortune to arrive just after a large group has ordered, you will be waiting a long, long time for your dinner. We ordered just in front of a large group and they didn't get their appetizers until we had finished our entrees. No... More 

Thank Celeste L
Winter Haven, Florida
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

New waitress was doing her best - there were eight of us - the kitchen can only cook one or two orders at a time - an hour and a half later some of us got our food - another 15 minutes for the rest. We've been going to Cedar Key for years as a group and this was our... More 

Thank capsmls
St. Petersburg, FL
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Delicious seafood burrito, quirky space and eager wait staff. This was my third time here and the food is reliably tasty and made with fresh ingredients.

Thank suzinstpete
Orlando, Florida
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123 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Great meal on a Friday night. You can tell everything is homemade by the owner/cook who is obviously proud of her offerings. My wife had the cool shrimp pasta special which features basil and a hint of mint leaf in a butter wine sauce over linguini and a great house salad. I had a unique shrimp and scallop burrito (2)... More 

Thank FiveGsplus9
Lineville, Alabama
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81 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Visit Blue Desert on every trip to the Island and always enjoy it. Food is good, atmosphere is laid back and fun, wait staff is friendly (we helped "train" a newby). Doesn't look like much on the outside, but worth the effort. Try it it next time you are in Cedar Key.

Thank Fred W
Gainesville, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The food is excellent, the atmosphere delightful, and the people refreshing! Every time we come to Cedar Key we stop for supper and have never been disappointed

Thank Cleora D
Memphis, Tennessee
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

From the quaintness of this little gem to the excellent food and the informative local artist waitress....you just cannot beat this place. Went with 3 other friends and we all had something different, everything was WONDERFUL AND PREPARED FRESH TO ORDER ! Don't get caught up in the downtown eateries and miss this place.

1 Thank tr313323
Shalimar, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Loved everything about this cafe. The size is so quaint and the decor perfect old Florida country cafe. The food was made from scratch with herbs from the back. It was delicious!!! The waitress was great and added to the over all experience. oh ... loved that there were trivial pursuit cards to play while waiting. Definitely don't miss trying... More 

Thank Kristi J
Placerville, California
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Casual, eclectic decor in this small cottage restaurant on the water. Sunset views from the back porch or watch the world go by on the front. Inside, the fifties style tables, no two alike, offer comfortable seating for small groups and couples. Great place for a private party or small wedding. Chef cooks all from scratch. No frozen food truck... More 

Thank TravlinArtist
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107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

For a small off the beaten path town the food is amazing! We didn't have a bad meal anywhere. The Blue Desert came highly recommended and it was good, but I think there is more hype here than anything else. If we make it back to Cedar Key this place probably wouldn't be at the top of my list.

Thank tecoya

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12518 state road 24, Cedar Key, FL 32625
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Cedar Key
  • Phone Number: +1 352-543-9111

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Seafood, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?